Teacher Spotlight Michelle Jones

Teacher Spotlight Michelle Jones

Taytum Goodman, Writer

Michele Jones is a teacher, mother, and wife that has many hobbies, and goals for her career. 

Jones went to Texas Tech after high school for two years before she took a break to have kids.  She then went to WT to finish her second two years and graduated.  She is a wife to Craig Jones and a mother of four kids.  Blake who is 30, Rebekah 29, Devin 20, and Katy is 18.  Jones is currently teaching third grade.

“After college I went straight to teaching here and this is my twenty second year,” Jones said. 

Through the many years Jones has taught, she has not been a third a grade teacher the whole time. 

“I was helping with pre-k to start before I got a full-time job,” Jones said.  “Then they needed help in high school with social studies my first half year, so I taught in kindergarten and in high school.  After that I got hired full time the next year to do pre-k, and I did that for about 5 years.  Then I moved to middle school 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies and did that for about 10 years. This is my 7th year to teach 3rd grade.” 

A student that was in Jones’s class spoke on why she enjoyed having her as a teacher. 

“I had Mrs. Jones in elementary,” Jahaira Alvarez said.  “She was a really good teacher and very nice.” 

Every kid has a memory from their younger years and 3rd grade was definitely one because of Jones for this student. 

“She was a very caring teacher,” Halee Toscano said. “She taught me science and reading but reading was my favorite. We got to sit on the bean bags in her room ,and if we read a certain amount, we got goldfish.” 

Jones also has hobbies outside of school that she always looks forward to doing. 

“I love everything there is do in nature,” Jones said.  “We have a house in Ruidoso so all the nature there and going hiking. 

There is one motivation that keeps her going through school. 

“One thing as a teacher that really motivates me is when I started teaching 3rd grade,” Jones said.  “By the time they’re 9 or 10 if kids struggle with reading it’s really hard to catch up.  The motivation as a 3rd grade reading teacher is never to let them feel they cannot do what they want to do as they get older.  My motivation of being a reading teacher is to help students never feel limited in their success for the future.”